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For several years, Author Candy Chand's true story of a holiday miracle, titled Christmas
Love, has widely traveled the internet. Now, for the first holiday season, it is available as
a single-story, hardback gift book with lovely illustrations. Her story is printed below. If
you'd like a copy of the new gift book, you can order it at stores nationwide, or by
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by Candy Chand
Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. But
once again, despite my plans, chaos prevailed. I had cut back on nonessential
obligations-- extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and yes, even the
all American pastime, overspending. Yet, still, I found myself exhausted, unable to
appreciate the precious family moments, and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas.
My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a
six year old filled with hopes, dreams and laughter. For weeks, he'd been memorizing
songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be
working the night of the production.
Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me
there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to
attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed
happy with the compromise.
So, just as I promised, on the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in 10 minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw
several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students
were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged
on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.
Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as
"Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment -- songs
of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. The melodies were fun, cute and
lighthearted, but nowhere to be found was even the hint of an innocent babe, a manger,
or Christ's sacred gift of hope and joy. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas
Love", I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red
sweaters and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row -- center
stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the
class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H
is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented
the complete message, "Christmas Love."
The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her -- a small,
quiet girl in the front row who was holding the letter "M" upside down. She was
entirely unaware, that reversed, her letter "M" appeared as a "W." Fidgeting from
side to side, she soon moved entirely away from her mark.
The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at the little one's mistake.
But in her innocence, she had no idea they were laughing at her as she stood
tall, proudly holding her "W".
One can only imagine the difficulty in calming an audience of young, giggling
students. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush
came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
In that instant, we understood -- the reason we were there, why we celebrated
the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos there was a purpose for our
festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:
CHRIST WAS LOVE.
And, I believe, He still is.
Candy is an author living in Rancho Murieta, California. The story,
Christmas Love, is true. You can email Candy at PatCan85@hotmail.com
Creation Q & A
Q: What Was the Post-Flood World Like?
A: The Flood of Noah's day was the greatest catastrophe in earth history, and it
involved much more than rain. It reshaped the surface of the earth, spawning massive
volcanoes and earthquakes that dwarf anything observed in modern times. Such a
tremendous catastrophe would have radically altered the earth's climate, resulting in an Ice Age.
In general terms, an "ice age" is a time of extensive glacial activity that covers a
relatively large area with ice. During the Ice Age, which ended a few thousand
years ago, 30% of the land surface of the earth was covered by ice. In North
America an ice sheet covered almost all of Canada and the northern United States.
We know the extent of the Ice Age because the glaciers left features on the
landscape similar to features we observe around glaciers today, such as lateral
and terminal moraines. A "lateral moraine" is a mound of rocks of varying sizes
deposited to the side of a moving glacier, and a "terminal" or "end" moraine is a
mound of rocks dumped in front of the glacier.
Two particular aspects of the Flood were instrumental in causing the Ice Age:
(1) extensive volcanic activity during and after the Flood, and (2) the warm
oceans following the Flood.
To learn more about the cause and extent of the Ice Age, see:
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This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"Money is of no value; it cannot spend itself. All depends on the skill of the spender."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Verse for the Day
"Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful." - I Corinthians 4:2
Kid's Thought For The Day
"A 5-year-old girl was explaining how the brain works, by
making other parts of your body move. Her dad asked her how the
messages travel down the spinal cord, and she explained that
there are nerds in there that carry the messages."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Coach's Thought For The Day
"A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for."
Writer's Thought For The Day
"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really
happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that
it all happened to you. Afterwards it all belongs to you -- the good
and the bad, the happiness, the remorse and sorrow, the people and
the places and how the weather was. If you can get so you can
give that to people, then you are a writer." --Ernest Hemingway
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing,
any one thing that is true? I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field
Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on
the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago,
a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long
time and eventually one person said, 'I do know one thing - it ought not to be
taught in high school.'" -Dr. Colin Patterson (Senior Paleontologist, British Museum
of Natural History, leading cladistic taxonomist), Keynote address at the American
Museum of Natural History, New York City, November 5, 1981.
Deep Thought For The Day
This morning, I stood on the bathroom scale and sucked in my stomach.
Kristi told me, "I don't think that is going to help much, hon."
"Sure it does," I said. "How else can I see the numbers?"
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week
we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on
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the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "Virtous Reality: Knowledge" by Jeff Williams
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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me!
It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children
grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set
aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful.
My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create
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I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours
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